The exhibition, set to open at 5:30 PM, will honor the performer who would have turned 100-years-old in July. Following the opening, two live performances will be held at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston Oct. 24 and the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline Oct. 25.
Hosted by Nick Clooney, the evenings will feature vocalist Karen Oberlin and an appearance from Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury (Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Blithe Spirit).
The performance, according to press notes, "will include not only the songs written especially for [Rogers] by Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, and many more– but it will tell stories from her life that have never been heard, contain songs that she wrote, and share moments kept in diaries by her very creative writer/mother Lela. Some of the film clips will include her fantastic dancing, her Oscar winning performance in 'Kitty Foyle,' her creation of the character Roxie Hart (that was to become the basis for the musical Chicago) and her comic turns with Cary Grant." Also at each performance, a special invited guest will appear to reminisce about Roger's importance to American film and to American society.
Following the performances in Boston, the Rogers tribute will be held in New York City in early 2012.
Rogers appeared on Broadway in Top Speed, Girl Crazy, Love and Let Love and Hello, Dolly! The performer won the Academy Award for her performance in "Kitty Foyle" and is also known for the films "42nd Street," "Top Hat" and "The Gay Divorcee," among others. The Ginger Rogers Century Exhibition is curated by Vita Paladino, director of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, and archivist J.C. Johnson.
The Tsai Performance Center is located at 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. For tickets, call (617) 353-8725. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is located at 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA. For tickets, visit www.coolidge.org.